Elon Musk believes that artificial intelligence could be the primary cause of the Third World War.
Have you ever wondered if there could be a new world war and, if so, what would cause it? Elon Musk thinks she has the answer.
Artificial intelligence has been, for some time now, the leading battle of Elon Musk, the most prominent CEO, founder of SpaceX, Tesla and, to a lesser extent, PayPal. For the entrepreneur, AI could even become the cause of World War III.
Or rather, it is “the competition for the superiority of artificial intelligence at a national level that could be the cause of the Third World War,” as he tweeted on Monday, September 4.
His Twitter page became darker and darker from that moment on. After this tweet, Elon Musk asserted that this war might not be triggered by the states themselves, but by their artificial intelligence. It, therefore, seems to consider that at some point in time, AIs will become powerful enough to make this type of decision.
A powerful AI could dominate the world
Elon Musk made these comments shortly after reading an article from The Verge about Vladimir Putin. The Russian president said that the country with the best performing artificial intelligence would probably become the “leader of the world.”
An Internet user then pointed out to Neuralink’s boss, a company specialized in the development of a brain-machine interface, that governments and states were “zero in AI” and that they were unable to innovate with the same power as private companies. Elon Musk then replied that it didn’t matter, that they would eventually obtain the AIs by force,”if necessary.”
He also took the opportunity to give his vision of the North Korean crisis, which developed an H-bomb. For him, this is not a real threat, since the international community’s reaction to an atomic missile fire would be such that “it would be suicide” for Pyongyang.
“The greatest threat to our civilization.”
Elon Musk’s obsession with artificial intelligence is not new and is well documented. The entrepreneur, who already has an essential business around AI thanks to OpenAI, Neuralink, and Tesla, has called for the regulation and control of artificial intelligence on numerous occasions.